Faculty and staff at Tennessee Tech University are encouraged to make students aware that:
- Study abroad is an option.
- Every student can study in his or her major or minor abroad.
- There are many scholarships and other funding sources available, including the use of financial aid.
- Students can get more information from staff at the International Education Office
Prepare Your Students
When a student indicates an interest in studying abroad, there are many things you can do.
- Encouragement is always first. It helps students to hear faculty and advisors say that study abroad is possible and worth pursuing.
- When advising students, ask if they have plans to study abroad. This is particularly important when advising freshmen because the earlier they begin to plan the easier it will be to find credits that will transfer in to meet general education requirements and possibly major/minor requirements.
- Look at the student's record and outline the general education, major, or minor requirements they still need to fulfill. These courses may become the framework for the program they choose. This information is key to the student's ability to use his/her study abroad experience to move him or her toward graduation in a timely manner.
- Help the student to frame his/her preliminary questions. Where, when, for how long? Thinking about those questions early will help him/her use time efficiently once he/she gets to the point of selecting a program.
Your Department and Study Abroad
Each college, and sometimes each department, handles the study abroad process a little differently. There are some general principles, however, that you can rely on. The International Education Office will provide:
- Study abroad advising.
- Course information, or assistance with access to course information, for study abroad programs.
- Detailed program information.
- Personal attention for the student to help ensure he or she selects the right program to maximize financial aid.
- Other preparation materials.
For information specific to your department, you may want to ask your department head:
- Who approves study abroad credit in our department when a student is planning to go abroad?
- Does our college have an international office or offer its own study abroad programs to students?
- Does our college or department have scholarships specific to study abroad?
- Where are the study abroad resources specific to our department that can be provided to students?
- Even though all options are open to our students, what "ideal" times have been identified for students in our discipline to study abroad, taking into consideration the restrictions of the curriculum?
The answers to these questions will give you a good understanding for how your department works with study abroad.
The student should narrow his or her search to approximately 3 schools. From the 3, you should help the student select the priority choices based on the requirements he/she needs to fulfill academically. You will then need to assist the student in filling out the "Request to Study at Another Institution " form and the "Course Request " forms from the program (if applicable) and sign them.
Once the student returns, his/her transcript is sent to the International Education Office. A copy will be given to his/her advisor, and the heads of the departments who are approving of the credit will need to submit a Substitution Form to the Graduation Office for posting credit.